Join us in the city designed in 1967 for the future. Fifty years on, we look forward…

Get curious in your city, exploring through electrifying experiments, hands-on workshops and illuminating talks. Discover how we see the city, the world, understand our place in the universe, and how we can shape our future now.

Share your stories, ideas, and experiment with the latest technology to design the city of the future. Journey into deep space to explore the possibilities of life on other planets, discover the tiny creatures that are helping our investigations, and become an urban explorer, searching for the myths and legends of this young city.

What’s On

This season of digital adventures will reimagine the city through exciting arts experiences of all kinds. Expect electrifying experiments, intriguing exhibitions, hands-on workshops, creative talks and activities for all. Experience the Central Library and city through new eyes, exploring this Future City with Digitalis artists. Make, see, do, discover and more!

Exhibition

London-born, and now based in Spain, Andy Gracie is a digital artist who is fascinated by space, scientific experiments and ecosystems. Using data from NASA’s deep space probes, his large installations replicate the conditions for life on other planets using tiny organisms that are currently used in space research.

His live experiment Deep Data Prototype_3 will be on display at Milton Keynes Central Library from March to October 2017. The installation will ask us to consider whether we will ever discover life on other planets and whether these planets might ever be colonised by humans. Originally commissioned by the Trondheim biennale for art & technology, Meta.Morf 2016, this is the UK premiere of the work.

Andy will be the Digitalis Artist in Residence in Milton Keynes Central Library throughout Spring and Summer 2017, creating a newly commissioned piece for the Library to be launched in August.

An exhibition of the new work produced during his residency will take place throughout August and September 2017.

Workshops

Come and get curious… Make, see and do with Digitalis from May to August 2017. Workshops are available for all ages.

Bring paintings to life with sound! Using clever Sci-fi technology and amazing conductive paint, join Exploring Senses in making images you can play like an instrument with the touch of a finger. There’s no need to be a great painter or a scientist – have some fun making a tuneful piece of art!

Drop in to the Event Space between 12pm and 5pm. Suitable for ages 8+. Free.

Explore the city through a new creative perspective.

Join artists General Practice to investigate Milton Keynes through alternative audio and image capture and cyanotype photography to document the city on a guided walk.

You will learn how to use these techniques to create experimental pieces of art in this unique exploration of Milton Keynes as a physical and abstract place.

Suitable for ages 16+. Free.

Book for the 10am-12pm session here.

Book for the 1.30pm-3.30pm session here.

Imagine your favourite space or place in Milton Keynes however big or small…Got it?

Now think about how that space might look in 50 years time.

Come and create your own future space with creative producer Sophia Kyprianou using a variety of creative techniques including flip book drawing, stop animation, photography, film and sound.

Get inventive and explore how you can combine different artistic skills to step into your own space 50 years into the future, anything is possible!

Suitable for ages 6+. Free.

Milton Keynes Central Library, Childrens’ Library

Book for the 10am-12pm session here.

Book for the 1.30pm-3.30pm session here.

Explore how binary data is stored and transferred as zeros and ones, then create images in Minecraft using punchcards.

PatternCraft is an analogue to digital punchcard reader that teaches the fundamentals of programming and encoding data through the ‘write once’ medium of a physical punched card.  Participants can then move on to using the ascii alphabet to make text appear on screen or examine the principles of using a step sequencer by programming sounds.

This is a free drop in event. Drop in any time between 12-4pm. Please register your interest here.

Talks

A series of talks will explore the themes across the season, with chances to meet the commissioned digital artists, and hear from other experts in the field.

As part of his residency at Milton Keynes Central Library, Andy Gracie will be creating a new piece of artwork throughout Spring and Summer to be premiered at the Digitalis exhibition in September. His work Deep Data Prototype_3 can currently be seen in the foyer of the Central Library.

On Thursday 18 May you are invited to join Andy to hear about artistic obsessions and interventions with space research from renaissance times to the modern day.

From Galileo’s drawings of the moon, to contemporary practice, which often places artists into research contexts, the talk will explore how image, culture, science and politics have long been intertwined in a complex web of interrelations and interactions. This has lead us to a situation today where international artists are actively involved in discussions and plans for the cultural use of space as our society continues to reach for the stars.

This event is free but booking is advised. Book via Eventbrite here.